Dear DiaryDress UpI'll Follow You Anywhere

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I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m really all about travel right now, but that doesn’t mean “travel” has to be a luxury vacation on the other side of the continent.

One of my favourite places to go since moving to Toronto is actually a bit of a shock to some people – Hamilton. Despite its bad reputation amongst Toronto residents, I adore Hamilton. I love the quiet streets, the community feel, and the beautiful spaces that can only be created in a place with something we Torontonians lack – space.

I have a full-on city guide in the works for this special place, but since it’s a little too cold to wander around outside taking photos right now I’m going to hold off and just talk about the specifics of my Saturday visit a few weeks ago.

Though it’s only a short trip, Hamilton feels worlds away from Toronto when I need a break. Breakfast at Saint James Espresso, waterfall hikes with my good friend (and Hamilton resident) Rachelle, and the best vegan chocolate macaroons EVER at Green Bar are all staples, and then of course there’s Berkeley North.

I’ve heard about this new West Coast-inspired eatery from Hamilton and Toronto friends alike, so I was determined to visit during my one day stay. Honestly, it’s not often that I do a full restaurant review post, but this was one of the best dining experiences of my life. The space is cozy, the staff is next level friendly, and the food was honestly off the charts. They have seemingly endless vegan and vegetarian options, and even offer a foamy vegan sour on the cocktail menu!

By the time dessert came around we were totally stuffed, but we still couldn’t say no to the decadent vegan cheesecake. It was the perfect place for meat eaters and vegans alike to meet, and by the time we left we felt like family. If you have no other reason to take a day trip to Hamilton, this spot is reason enough – oh, and there’s a great wall for photos right across the street too!

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Dress UpOh so Pretty

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I can’t believe how quickly it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I’m slowly starting on my shopping and my home decor scheme (everyone has a scheme, right?) but most importantly I’m locking down my holiday look!

December and January are the one time of year when everyone can agree there is no such thing as “too much sparkle,” which means I feel right at home throughout the season! As soon as Halloween has passed, I’m ready to start dripping everything I own in tinsel and jewels, complimented by silky fabrics and lots of “winter pink.” Of course, my “theme” shifts from year to year, and this year I’ve settled on Glittery Glam!

Inspired by Edward Scissorhands and Betty Draper, I put this look together in my mind long before it came to fruition. Like months ago. With the help of some of my favourite online shops and the stacked new Inspired Beauty department at Rexall, all of my pink Christmas, party prom queen dreams came true. I scooped up this silky pink onesie from Choies and it paired perfectly with my gilded Charlotte Mills accessories. Topped off with glittering Leah Alexandra jewels from #shopRAOP, all that was left to complete the look was makeup!

When it comes to beauty, I look for two things: pretty packaging and convenience. Rexall’s new inspired Beauty Department covers both bases, and it doesn’t hurt that they have a candy aisle to stop in as well!

To put together this holiday cat eye and blush pink combo, I picked up NYX Liquid Crystal liner and Milani eyeshadow in “Bella Chiffon” for my eyes, NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator and Milani Powder Blush in “Tea Rose” for skin, and finally CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in “Pink Paws” for lips. I used the shadow for added highlights on my nose and cheekbones to get that extra snowy glow.

Are you ready to start rocking around the Christmas tree?

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Don’t miss Rexall’s fun contest with Cityline here!

This post was sponsored, but all opinions are my own. To inquire about sponsored posts, please email jess@shineinfluencers.com 

Dress Up

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There’s no better time to layer up and make your way through the cold to a cozy local cafe. Whether you’re meeting a friend or settling in on your own with a good book, coffee shop campouts are crucial when it comes to winter survival, which is why I’m sharing some of my favourite Toronto spots in the December issue of The Kit! You can find my list online here.

If you’re looking for an extra dose of cozy, I’m sharing all of the extras from my cafe shoot at Kitten and the Bear (plus how to shop the post) below!

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Dress Up

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I’m not really sure how it happened, but all the sudden I’m really into green. Forest, mint, olive, you name it – each one has burrowed its way into my pastel-loving heart, causing a whole lot of confusion in my wardrobe over the past couple the months.

The good news? Green goes GREAT with pretty much all pastels!

Inspired by Blair Waldorf, this look is perfectly prep, and bonus, almost everything I’m wearing is made in Canada by local designers! Betina Lou sent me the jumper and top combo, which I topped off that a velvet necktie we made right here in the studio (DIY here). Topped off with tan suede heels and the most perfect rich forest green wool coat by Sosken, another beloved Canadian brand, I love the way everything in this outfit works together so effortlessly.

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Dear DiaryDress Up

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Warning- this month’s editor picks is seriously special! For the first time ever I get to choose my favourites from my very own STORE. That’s right, you’re about to get an exclusive close up look at some of the treasures we’ll be selling this Monday on the #ShopRAOP site!

I’ve been talking about curating a shop for most of my life, and watching this dream come true has been seriously surreal. I honestly feel like to luckiest girl in the world to have had this incredible opportunity, and now that all of the product is in I’m *so* excited to share it with all of you! Of course everything in the shop is deeply and completely adored, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek at the items that are currently catching my attention.

Without further ado, my (Shop) RAOP picks!!!

*note: you won’t be able to access links until the shop opens tomorrow morning!*

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Trust Fund Beauty x RAOP Nail Polishes //

The perfect nail polish is hard to find, especially when it comes to milky pastels with great coverage. We worked with Trust Fund Beauty, a vegan cruelty-free brand based on Montreal, to craft two custom shades, and they really made all of our nail polish dreams come true. “Peach Please” is a magical sparkling peach champagne inspired colour, and “RAOP Pink” is our ideal shade of pastel bubblegum pink. Are you ready to paint your paws pastel?

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Ballet Slipper Necktie //

Crafted from the softest Japanese vegan suede and finished with 24k gold hardware, these elegant neckties were made by our friends at CONVEY and really complete every FW/16 outfit. We especially love layering them with delicate gold necklaces, and rumour has it a baby pink colour is coming soon as well…

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Rosy In Reykjavik Sweater //

I fell hard and fast for Iceland when I visited a few years ago, and ever since I’ve had a weak spot for Icelandic knits and patterns. This vintage one of a kind sweater caught my eye immediately because of it’s Nordic style, and I’m seriously considering just keeping it for myself…

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Bergamot Rose Black Tea //

I had the pleasure of working for Sloane Fine Tea Merchants a couple years ago, and in that time I learned so much about the fine art of tea blending, tasting, and more. A unique combination of Earl Grey, rose and lavender, this black tea is bursting with floral flavour. Enjoy it with milk, honey, and your favourite sugar cookies!

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Daisy Chain Denim //

Is anyone else obsessed with dressed-up denim these days? My amazing friend Mari hand embellished four unique pairs of vintage denim, and each one turned out more special than the last. My favourite of the moment is this pink daisy pair, but I change my mind almost daily.

Want to see everything in person?! We’re hosting a surprise pop up at CONVEY on Queen Street from Friday November 4th to Sunday November 6th!